Tech Field Day 19: Druva vs. The Competition

In this posts, Druva’s W. Curtis Preston (and one time Field Day delegate) writes up how he felt Druva compared to some of the competition at Tech Field Day. Their all-SaaS all-cloud data protection solution is certainly unique, we’ll let you read for yourself to make up your mind. Be sure to check out the full video of their presentation to get all the details.


Tech Field Day 19 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Dan Frith is a familiar site at the delegate table for Storage Field Day, but last month he was able to attend his first Tech Field Day, seeing presentations from across data center verticals. In this post, Dan outlines what was provided during the event, where he went, and gives an impression of the overall Field Day event experience.


Druva acquires CloudRanger, expands backup capabilities to AWS

Max Mortillaro looks at Druva’s acquisition of CloudRanger, which offers a data protection solution for AWS. Max got to see a lot from Druva at their recent Cloud Field Day presentation, and thinks the acquisition will offer a nice compliment to the company’s existing Data Management as a Service portfolio.


What it was like presenting at Cloud Field Day

W. Curtis Preston experienced an interesting situation at Cloud Field Day last month, presenting at an event after being a delegate. The experience on the other side of the table definitely was more stressful, and Curtis provides some wonderful insights from the experience. Overall, he found Druva’s message was received by the delegates, but he also highlights what he would have changed in hindsight.


Is a Cloud Gateway Enough?

For W. Curtis Preston, simply having the ability for a storage system to store data in the cloud isn’t news anymore. It’s to be expected. What’s more useful is a way to address multiple cloud site. Amazon might be the current market leader, but a storage solution shouldn’t assume you’re only going to use a single source for cloud storage. A good cloud gateway should address that, as well as letting you compute where your storage is at. It’s an interesting way to reevaluate how we judge cloud gateways going forward.


Getting Object Storage Ready for the Enterprise – Scality Briefing Note

W. Curtis Preston was at Storage Field Day in October with Scality to hear about their latest and greatest. In this blog post, he reviews what Scality is offering in their Ring 6.4 release. It offers built in encryption with a third-party key management system included. Curtis thinks this is a much better solution for an object storage company, instead of trying to invent their own key management. It also includes a number of AWS integrations, as well as chargebacks and health checks. Additionally Scality also released an open-source S3 server that runs in a Docker container. This can be used to test how well apps can write to S3 storage. Object storage in the data center has always required some hoops to jump through, and Scality looks to have some offerings to smooth this out quite a bit.


Creating Private Cloud Storage that you can Actually use

Curtis Preston discusses the problem with object-based storage: applications still need NFS or SMB access. He goes on to discuss the need for cloud gateways, and the added benefits they have for hybrid cloud solutions.


Primary Data adds NFS services to VSAN

Primary Data adds NFS services to VSAN


Can a Deep Archive in the Cloud be Useful?

Can a Deep Archive in the Cloud be Useful?


Do you Always Need to Backup?

Do you Always Need to Backup?


Not all “Inline” Dedupe is actually Inline – and it matters

Not all “Inline” Dedupe is actually Inline – and it matters


Moving Data Between Clouds w/AltaVault & OnCloud

Moving Data Between Clouds w/AltaVault & OnCloud


NetApp Finally Pivots

NetApp Finally Pivots


vSphere tackles the Hyperconverged Infrastructure World: VMware VSAN 6.2

vSphere tackles the Hyperconverged Infrastructure World: VMware VSAN 6.2


W. Curtis Preston

W. Curtis Preston is an expert in backup & recovery systems; a space he has been working in since 1993. He has written three books on the subject, Backup & Recovery, Using SANs and NAS, and Unix Backup & Recovery. Mr. Preston is also an independent consultant and writer and has spoken at over 300 […]


Druva Launches at Tech Field Day 5

Druva is not as new a company as the “launch” nomenclature indicates. The company has spent years building a data protection product, inSync, for remote enterprise PCs and already boasts hundreds of customers. The company is profitable and successful already, but decided to come to the United States and initiate a growth effort.